Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2 vs Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2

Compare Intel 12 core CPU vs Intel Xeon E5 v2 Family 12 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

51 %
51 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

38 %
2% slightly better gaming score
37 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

56 %
1% slightly better multitasking score
55 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

58 %
1% slightly better heavy workload score
57 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

3% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units



Number of logical processing units


Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

322nd of 1,326
325th of 1,326


The product line

Xeon E5 v2 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2013

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Xeon E5-2696 v2 vs Xeon E5-2697 v2 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Xeon E5-2696 v2 beats the Xeon E5-2697 v2 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Xeon E5-2697 v2 in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores and the same number of threads.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Xeon E5-2696 v2 over the Xeon E5-2697 v2.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Xeon E5-2696 v2 and the Xeon E5-2697 v2, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Xeon E5-2696 v2 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.


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